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University Moving Exclusively to Recycled Paper

Effective April 1, 2013, the University will transition from procurement of 100% virgin copy paper to exclusively paper with post-consumer waste (PCW) content.

Besides realizing significant sustainability benefits, the University will save $10,000 to $26,000, which will be re-purposed to directly benefit students, faculty and staff.  This procurement action will also increase the percentage of University partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses.

Ultimately, all copy paper purchased in the three major sizes, 8.5”x11”, 8.5”x14” and 11”x17”, will have 30%, 50% or 100% PCW content, regardless of color and weight.

The recycled paper initiative is a component of Project 50 Forward’s Operational Excellence Managed Output Project, led by DoIT’s David Ecker and team members Lynn Davis from Procurement and James O’Connor from Transportation and Sustainability. The team’s goals include reducing costs, increasing sustainability and improving services related to document production.  The team recently introduced the toner recycling program.

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